I get such a kick out of creating this stuff using all the little bits and pieces that have come into my possession over the years. This was a really satisfying project, and I am finally feeling like I "get" how to create the effects...it's not all accidental art anymore! The challenge for this swap was to create an assemblage with a steampunk theme. I had two small horizontal pieces of scrolled wood. I used those as achors for the top and bottom decorations. It's a thin sheet of wood that I had left from a SuziBlu class that I cut down and wedged between the scrolls to give me a flat surface. I attached the pieces using wood glue and "melded" them together with some Aves Apoxie clay. I spread small amounts of clay on the flat front to add some texture, and embedded a bunch of metal findings and beads. The decorative circle is actually the lid from a small plastic resin container I found at a thrift store. The photograph is held inside a metal mint tin that has a clear plastic lid -- these are sold as party favor containers and I picked up a batch at another thrift store for 99 cents! I adhered the photo inside with Diamond Glaze and mounted some irridescent gift wrap in the very back of the round tin. I bought the geared piece that juts out on the right at MECCA, our local art materials exchange. From that I hung a chain and hook that I think came from a Tim Holtz "Idea-ology" set. The black crystal is from a necklace I bought on sale at Claire's retail store. I think the black and amber beads are also from a Claire's necklace. The only true vintage items are the round wooden piece with 71 on it at the top, and the picture of the man inside the tin. He was cut from an 1880s Munsey's magazine that I bought somewhere...a former governor of Tennessee. I used twisted jewelry wire to try and give it a more electrically connected look. The paint is layers and layers and layers of thin wash...I used Van Dyke Brown, Viridian Green, Anthraquinone Blue, a Folk Art deep antique gold and Golden fine irridescent gold.
PS - Many thanks to Michael DeMeng for those pointers on paint mixing the past two years at Art & Soul in Portland. You are so inspiring and encouraging!